Monday, February 4, 2013

Hitting the Double Digits!

This weekend was the weekend I was going to reach my goal. 10 MILES.
I was hoping to get out there on saturday. My sister in law lives about 15 minutes away, and is in a better area of more sidewalks and safer run areas. So I figured I would just drive over there and run out there. But then the Hubby and I planned on going over there to visit with them and our neice. So I decided to wait until Sunday...yes I know, Super Bowl Sunday!

Anyways so we went, we visited, ate dinner and it was all good.
It was pretty cold on Saturday too, well it felt a bit warmer than the temperature said it was. Which made me wish I had gone on my run on Saturday rather than Sunday.

So I got up on Sunday, had my coffee and some breakfast, let it process in my system...then I was off to my sister-in-laws to park, stretch and hit pavement!

I also thought I would give an energy "supplement" a try. So last friday I picked up some Honey Stinger waffles and also thought I would try the chews as well.

I would have to say both are good in taste. I tried the strawberry and chocolate waffle, and the pomegranate passion chews. I saved the chocolate waffle for after my run. What I liked about the waffles was it started a little chewy then almost melted a little in my mouth and was yummy! The chews were a little gooey as chews tend to be, but still good. But I found that I would feel more of a boost after having the waffles. But when I would have the chews, my tummy would kind of feel funny, like I ate and ran to close together. It would go away, but I would feel a bit sluggish, and eventually be fine.

So with my run on its way...all to quickly did I begin to feel tired and not ready for this. But this was under 3 miles, which is how I normally feel under 3 miles and I know there are many more to go. Once I got past mile 3-4 I was pretty good.
What was hard was some of the hills...but I needed some hill work, even though I walked most of them, but that is part of it. It was also the weather. The temperature was suppose to be a bit warmer than Saturday, but then on Sunday it definitely felt and seemed colder! There were flurries throughout the run..and all I could see for most of it was my breath! The weather also seemed to fluctuate. There were times when it wasn't bad at all, then it would get really cold and I could see my breath!

But I made sure that I was layered! the only part of my that wasn't layered were my legs. I wore long compression pants that I find the be on the thin side for running on 25-30 degree weather. I probably should have worn some kind of tights maybe underneath.

So I pushed through and made it to 10 miles! I kept my pace at an overall average pace between 12-13 minutes. There were times throughout the run that my pace was almost at 14, but I figured as long as in the end I had a pace under 13 minutes I would be happy!
I really try not to focus to hard on my pace. What is important is that I do it and finish. And I did. But I am also trying to maintain a good pace for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon coming up in  few weeks!
 The Countdown stands at 17 days and 1 hour!!! 
In also thinking about running in the race, I was originally going to run with my phone for my music and GPS. But in doing so I will have no battery left for the use for the rest of the day. So I decided to just forgo the phone during the race and use my ipod. So I figured I would update my ipod and add music and create a playlist. So I hooked up my Ipod to my computer and all of a sudden there was no music on it! I don't know if it is because I had my computer fixed and pretty much wiped, so then it had no memory for my Ipod. But I was all flustered and annoyed because I had purchased a bunch of music, plus since i cleared my computer I didn't have any music on it either. So now over the next few days I have to add music from all my cds...well not all, and then add them to my Ipod. I also finally updated my Itunes on my computer and have the cloud on it so I was able to get access to all the music I purchased in the past. So my living room is a bit of a mess...or more of a mess than normal. (sorry that was more of a rant)
Anyways, so now with only 17 days to go, I need to plan accordingly! There is a 10k coming up on the 9th that I am contemplating and probably should do. If I can get another time improvement that could help me with my corral placement at the half marathon. I have a good time from my last one, but it could be nice if I improved by a couple minutes or so. I just get nervous of being last, not that I dont like coming in last, but being left behind because I am so much farther back than the 2nd to last person. So for now I emailed the contact for the race and explained my concern. So we shall see what kind of answer I get!
I will report back as soon as I can!
p.s. weight update!
Biggest Loser update!
10/22/2012 - 171 lbs
10/31/2012 - 167 lbs
11/5/2012 - 168.5 lbs
11/13/2012 - 165 lbs
11/19/2012 - 165lbs
11/26/2012 - ??
12/03/2012 - 163lbs
12/10/2012 - 164 lbs....ok ok...I know, up 1!
12/17/2012 - 160.5 lbs
01/01/2013 - 158.5lbs  First weigh in of the new year and broke 160lbs!!

Although the competetion at work has ended I am going to continue to weigh in, and we have the same scale at work which helps to keep it consistent.  I did have another fitness consultation with the new fitness director, and although I have lost 10+ pounds my body fat % has not changed in comparison to muscle weight or whatever it is. I think I got a little lost in the chat, but I am still happy with my weight loss and my healthier eating habits.
Thats all I have to saw about that.


  1. FYI, it's supposed to be 80 degrees this Thursday in Orlando, so you most likely won't have to worry about snow flurries or freezing temperatures while running the Princess!!

    1. I cant wait to be free of this cold weather for a few days....although I hope it doesnt hit 80, or even 75 until the race is over! yikes, thats a bit to hot for running!
      thanks for the update!

  2. Proud of you for hitting that Double Digit!
    I feel with that you are more ready for the Princess Half. You have done GREAT in such a short period of time. Be proud Princess Stephanie! You Rock & Good Luck on your 10k coming up!

    1. Thanks Nicole! I am pretty proud of myself too! cant wait to run the races with you...or well behind you! haha its going to be AWESOME!